Thai authorities predict that the Kingdom will be closed to international tourism until the second quarter of 2021.
Kiss any resemblance of general tourism to Thailand goodbye until March next year, at the earliest. That’s the outlook for Thailand’s beleaguered tourism industry from the usually optimistic Minister for Sports and Tourism, Pipat Ratchakitprakan.
The Thai Hotel Association and The Thailand Travel Agents Association have been lobbying the Thai government to drop its mandatory quarantine provisions. They even demand urgently to negotiate travel bubble with provinces in China and other nations that are currently “low risk” for Covid-19, including Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan.
The country will continue with an opening to business people, technical experts, high-level workers, and those in the medical field. The 14-day quarantine will continue for now with many countries still in the grip of the pandemic.”
He also noted that even Chinese officials advise caution and suggest waiting until the hot season next year (mid-year).